Built about five years after the Augusta Canal in 1850, the Rae’s Creek Aqueduct was the solution to the issue of getting the canal across Rae’s Creek. Constructed by Italian stone masons, the aqueduct has the sense of permanence associated with castle ruins found overseas. Aqueduct Park, located near the Lake Olmstead Trailhead, offers more than just impressive masonry; it’s also a spot used by many for swimming, fishing and rock climbing during warm summer months.
After parking at the Lake Olmstead Trailhead, you’ll have to cross the wooden bridge to reach the waterfall and swimming hole.
The bridge offers a nice view of the Augusta Canal.
The 35-foot waterfall feeds into the swimming hole.
The imposing aqueduct arches are surrounded by thick vegetation.
Railroad tracks that lead past the old Sibley Mill and Confederate Powder Works overlook the waterfall and swimming hole.